What better way to start off USA Hockey's Hockey Week Across America initiative than to have a good back-and-forth among passionate hockey writers about who is the best active United States-born player.
We assembled an eight-person roundtable of NHL.com staffers -- seven Americans and a Canadian for good measure -- and had them have a go at picking the best American player.
There were a variety of responses, which likely means that hockey in the U.S. is in a good place as we celebrate Hockey Day in America, especially when younger players like Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres and Jack Hughes, the likely No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, have not yet made the cut for this roundtable.
Here is what our panelists had to say: